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about the TFI
The Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) is an award-winning and highly-acclaimed non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and nurturing Canadian fashion designers and entrepreneurs. TFI is the world's first official fashion incubator, established in 1987 by the City of Toronto. Since its launch, the TFI model has been adopted by over thirty global cities including London, Paris, New York, Milan, Amsterdam, Melbourne and Chicago. For almost three decades, TFI has fostered many of Canada’s most celebrated talents such as Sunny Fong of Project Runway Canada fame, Joeffer Caoc, David Dixon, Pina Ferlisi at McQ, Todd Lynn, Arthur Mendonça, Line Knitwear and Smythe. Learn how we got started

our mandate
TFI plays an essential role in the growth and promotion of the Canadian fashion community by helping creative entrepreneurs to develop the business and professional skills they need to thrive and survive.

what we do
Housed in an 8,000 sq. ft. heritage building at Exhibition Place in Toronto, TFI provides strategic business-building programs and services including one-on-one mentoring, educational seminars and master classes, shared workspace, in-house design studios, exclusive networking, promotional and marketing opportunities, valuable trend and business resources and market leads. Because we recognize the different needs you'll have at different stages in your fashion business or career, we offer two ways of becoming a TFI member: Outreach and Resident.

OUTREACH: Want to start a fashion business, but not sure where to begin? Start with us! Anyone can join the TFI as an Outreach member. It's a great way for fashion designers, jewellery and accessories designers, small business owners and fashion students to network, make important contacts while developing business skills. As a TFI Outreach member, you'll also have access to our in-house resource centre, meeting room and expert mentors. Find out more about the benefits of becoming a TFI Outreach member today.

RESIDENT: Ready for the next step?  Enjoy all the benefits of a TFI Outreach membership while working at TFI in your own private studio. TFI studios are available 24/7, with or without professional sewing equipment. TFI's co-operative and cost-effective workspace located steps away from Liberty Village, is the perfect place for jewellery, accessory and apparel designers, stylists and other creative entrepreneurs.  Find out more about how to become a TFI Resident today!..


The TFI is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, advised by an Advisory Committee and staffed by the Executive Director, Office Manager and Office Assistant.

We want to hear from you! Contact us by email at tfi@fashionincubator.com or call us at (416) 971-7117.


Thanks to the generosity of our corporate sponsors, we're able to offer our members affordable studio space, industrial equipment and up-to-date resources.

Without the continued kindness of our sponsors, we wouldn't be able to provide the many resources we offer to our members and to the community. The TFI is generously supported by: